A selection of football fans on Twitter were delighted for Lionel Messi as he lifted his first international trophy with Argentina.
Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final last night with Angel di Maria bagging the winner in the 22th minute.
Messi had a sub-par performance in the final, but he was terrific throughout the tournament with four goals and five assists.
He was awarded the top scorer and best player awards for his efforts. Some football fans were pleased for the 34-year-old star.
Lionel Messi being happy is a win for not only football but for the entire sporting world. Simply beautiful to see. pic.twitter.com/Vz7TuEuWkc
— Mod (@CFCMod_) July 11, 2021
Never give up
— Campeonas Argentina (@Addicted_To_Leo) July 11, 2021
— Zawadi Stephens (@ZawadiStephens) July 11, 2021
Lionel Messi doing Lionel Messi things. pic.twitter.com/FE5RhXOFad
— Bhavs (@bhavss14) July 11, 2021
LIONEL MESSI LIFTING THE COPA AMERICA TROPHY!
HIS DREAM HAS COME TRUE! pic.twitter.com/KljjEWoVnY
— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 (@TheEuropeanLad) July 11, 2021
Official top scorer of Copa America 2021: Lionel Messi
Official Copa America 2021 Player of the Tournament: Lionel Messi
Happy for him. pic.twitter.com/xtryVGprzn
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) July 11, 2021
There has been much debate over who is the best player in the world between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo over the past decade.
Ronaldo won his first major trophy with Portugal in July 2016. Five years later, Messi has managed the same achievement with Argentina.
However, both players did not make any impact in those finals.
Messi has won six Ballon d’Or titles in his career. He looks set for a seventh crown on the back of finally winning silverware with the national team.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski could be unlikely to miss out. He was in pole position to win the accolade last year before France Football cancelled the event.
The Pole remains one of the front-runners for the coveted prize, but he may struggle to dethrone Messi on the back of the Copa America success.
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